Monday, May 20, 2013
Professor Emeritus Responds
To: Dr. Lloyd Jacobs, President
From: Abid A. Al-Marayati, Professor Emeritus
Subject: Tenure Termination
Date: May 19, 2013
I am writing to you with reference to your letter of May 16, 2013. Within your letter, you are using the pretext of alleging bad health for terminating me. I have been teaching for some 44 years at The University of Toledo and have not suffered a medical problem, except for the seasonal malady of the flu. You cannot state that I am a bad teacher or that I am professionally inactive.
Your and Mr. Kevin West’s claim that there is something wrong with my health, is not true, as I have provided you with a statement from my medical doctor stating that I am competent to teach. In fact, I question your health and that of Mr. Kevin West. You and your staff (Dr. Mark Denham, Mr. Kevin West, Mrs. Janelle Schaller, and Dr. Jamie Barlow) are now resorting to health condition.
As a discredited official by the faculty, you are making new rules of procedures. The faculty has already considered you alien to faculty relations. In your short period with the administration, you have caused too many problems.
Mr. Kevin West has been making decisions without the support of the faculty. Mrs. Janelle Schaller made false statements to the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, a state agency. Dr. Mark Denham falsely stated that I have been absent for a long period of time, whereas I was absent for one class session. Dr. Jamie Barlowe assumed the position of Dean without consultation with the faculty.
Please Dr. Jacobs go back to your medical profession. You are not able whatsoever to deal with faculty affairs.
I am noted of being a faithful member of the faculty. To my credit are many publications and being active professionally.
You provide your associates with large sums of money. Mr. West receives $179,000; Mrs. Schaller $130,000; Dr. Denham $140,000; and Dr. Barlowe $220,000; all from hard-earned taxpayer dollars. You have enriched your subordinates at the expense of students who mop floors and flip hamburgers to further their education.
You cannot terminate me as I have been appointed by the Board of Trustees. Yet, you dismiss the Board of Trustees which has appointed you to your position.
I believe that you are against tenure which is a basis for the foundation of the University which you seem to ignore. You have no respect for the policies and procedures of the University and are lacking in conscience. You terminated me without consultation. You raise questions while I was not under contract, which reflects your hostility to tenure.
I invite you and your collaborators for a public meeting for the community to examine the style of your administration.
You resorted immediately to termination without giving me my rights or the opportunity to explain. You have no respect for academic freedom or tenure. Your actions are dangerous as you are putting an end to the profession of 44 years of a faculty.
Mr. Kevin West arbitrarily withheld the salary of a faculty member. He even failed to provide me with a grievance committee though he informed me that he was working on restoring the membership.
You and your administration are unscrupulous and have brought a lot of grief onto the faculty and students. An examination of your administration is very much needed.